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I absolutely loved this wedding. Have you ever seen a veil so incredible before? this was an heirloom item- Chanda’s late mother wore it for her wedding so long ago. It was such a beautiful way to honor her mother and cary on tradition. This couple i’ve established a long time connection with- photographing Chanda’s maternity session a year ago, and i love being able to be there with clients at huge milestones of their life. and of course, its always great to show up to a wedding already knowing the bride and groom so well, both from behind the camera and away from it as well.
my favorite things about this wedding were the jenga guest book, the adorable bridesmaid gifts, the venue who’s winding gardens and barebulb lights made for tiny private sanctuaries every where you turned. the charm was overwhelming, and at the end of the night i found myself sipping a little coke (my obsession when shooting weddings) through the soda shop straws under the barebulb lights of the courtyard, warm air circling around. the sparkler send off was a perfect end- love sparkler send-off’s and ilford 3200 film. the grain and tones are so deep!
And i also need to give a shout out to cross creek ranch as well… this venue had every detail so superbly thought-out and organized it was like a well-oiled machine. the staff does not only the day-of coordination, but the floral, the styling, the lighting, everything. and they were in constant communication with me during the day, to let me know the tinest of details: like how they were asking the bridal party to enter for the reception grand entrance so that i could be prepared photographically. that type of communication makes for great photography.
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We’re so happy to be published on Style Me Pretty today! i love this beautiful wedding, see more shots from Amber and Chris’s wedding below!
Christopher and Amber’s wedding day was a perfect summer afternoon day in July – warm, sunny with little wind. It made the perfect backdrop for their guests to enjoy the outdoor event on a stunning Spanish-style villa terrace overlooking Lake Michigan. Because of their love of design and architecture (being both designers themselves) they fell in love with the Villa’s artistic tradition and stunning architectural beauty with grand rooms, open gardens and terrace.
Amber wore a Morilee dress by Madeline Gardner carrying a bouquet of Juliet Garden Roses paired with white Sweet Heart roses, white Freesia, and Dusty Miller. While her seven bridesmaids wore Blush colored dresses by Alfred Sung carrying bouquets of white Sweet Heart Roses, white Freesia, white Spider Mums, green Trachelium, Dusty Miller and Queen Anne’s Lace. Christopher wore a cream-colored pinstripe suit by Indochino, with the Groomsmen in light gray suits by Express.
Two of the items the couple decided to put special attention into were the design of the invitations and the rings. With their design background they had very specific ideas in mind, and put them to good use. The groom’s ring is a custom rose gold and brushed white gold double ring. A small piece is left blank, revealing the rose gold band, to signify the never complete aspect of a relationship. It mirrors the couple’s logo (they decided to forgo a traditional monogram for a more modern symbol they felt both embodied their relationship better) that was displayed on the front of the invitations as well as a chalkboard drawing at the reception. It features two imperfect shapes crossing over into one another, with a small piece left open in the middle- again, signifying the part of the relationship that will never be complete and always growing and changing. The groom, Christopher, designed the wedding invitations and branding for the event. Custom envelopes were fitted with wallpaper from the bride’s company’s (Farrow & Ball-Chelsea Papers) collection. The invitation unties to reveal a series of cards and RSVP. The color scheme for the invitations and the wedding was inspired by Farrow & Ball colors “Pink Ground and Pavilion Gray.”
The reception was at The Hinterland, a chic gastro pub and brewery. The centerpieces were composed of crisp green and white flowers to create a very soft and natural atmosphere in context to the restaurant’s collection of rustic wooden objects.
Custom designed cards met each guest upon entrance into the reception. On the front were their name and an illustration of the meal they would enjoy. On the back was their table seating indicated by a color name and swatch from the bride’s company’s line of paint.
The couple ended their night by dancing amongst friends and family to a Jazz Trio at the restaurant and enjoying a taco bar provided by the fine chefs. The couple then flew off to Curacao for their Honeymoon.
Photographer: Lexia Frank Photography | Florist: Nancy Phillips and Elise Hannaford | Caterer: The Hinterland | Ceremony Venue: Villa Terrace | Reception Venue: The Hinterland | Quartet: Elegant Music Services | Officiant: Jon Doty | Hair: Sarah Dowdy | Invitations and paper goods: Christopher Scott, Color and Story | Dress:Morilee by Madeline Gardner from Patty’s Bridal | Wedding Bands: Christopher Scott of Color and Story, made by Steve Quick Jewelry
I shot this incredible wedding at Vizcaya museum and gardens in Miami with the (always amazing) Amy Johnson of One Fine Day Productions in Madison Wisconsin. oddly enough… i wasn’t there as a photographer. i was actually there helping her out film the wedding! it turns out, being on the flip side of the coin (the ‘videography’ side) is not quite as easy as one would think. all the sudden you have to take into account motion AND sound, and the fact that you’ve got your camera on a mono or tripod at all times. More than once i went to flip my camera to a vertical position and wound up whacking something with the bottom of the monopod- somewhat (ok terribly) embarrassing. and it felt horribly awkward to be relegated to looking at the LCD screen instead of putting the camera up to my eye. but, hopefully i didnt do too terrible of a job for her in my first stint at motion picture, and maybe got some worthwhile shots. i’ll link to the film when she’s done editing!
but, in between motion shots I snapped a few stills for myself. it was a wonderful challenge for me, as i was unable to use any lighting equipment at all- no flashes, nada. all 100% completely natural light, as flash photography doesnt exactly work with motion picture. not to mention, still photography was last on the list of priorities, as i was really there to film for Amy. but, even with those obstacles, i think we came away with some beautiful stills. Vizcaya is my favorite venue for weddings in all of florida. you feel like you’ve just stepped right back in time, in some gorgeous european destination. the gardens, the mansion, the sea- all right there. everywhere you turn is total eye candy. if you are planning a wedding, and you cant decide on a location, definitely definitely check this one out. and then have me come shoot it- but be warned, i’m going to want ALL DAY to photograph you!
to Patti and Isaac’s beautiful elopement at the Don Cesar in st. pete beach. can not WAIT to share more with you all!
i LOVED this wedding, and i love this couple! i got to photograph this lovely little event with Sophia from Rising Sky Productions- i can not wait to see the video they put out from this event … they are insanely talented and that talent paired with this couple and these funky locations…. i’m just dying to see what they put together!
Mel and David got ready at the Pier hotel- one of my favorite hotels in downtown st.pete. she actually made all of her bridesmaid’s jewelry by hand- a gift for each one of them representing who they are. and the bouquets were all handmade by the girls as well- nicely done ladies! the ceremony location proved to be magical- a hidden (no, literally… hidden) little place called “Sacred Grounds” on the water in st.pete. tightly twisting mazes of paths lead you through (or lead you to wander) the jungle while scores of wild peacocks meander about. the ceremony location took place near the water in a clearing with vintage sailboat sails strung up through the ancient trees to provide shade and shelter for seated guests. amazing! i know!!!
the reception location was just as funky cool- the st. pete shuffle board. the DIY details were incredible- i cant even begin to name them all! the first dance right on the shuffleboards was so incredible- barebulb lights strung up dimly lighting the couple under the stars…. *sigh*. i do love me a good bare bulb light string. stellar. and yes, she and all the bridesmaids changed into ridiculously fabulous dresses at the reception- LOVE THAT.
more this week from an engagement session i did that i absolutely LOVED! i can’t wait to share it with you all!
also….. its our anniversary is tomorrow… i love that man. and just three days later we are jet setting to NY for the premiere of our film!! I can barely believe it – even when i see my photograph on the Canon Imagin8ion commercial on TV… the reality still hasn’t quite set in even after all these months. i’ve got my dress- the perfect red carpet dress- and D has not seen it yet. i’m waiting to surprise him till i’m all fancy- this must be how a bride feels! so excited to meet Ron Howard, Bryce, and all the other winning photographers, and of course watch the film. :-) i’ll be bringing my cam (of course!) and share the photos with you all as soon as we get home!
We are so proud to carry the fine albums that we do. And, because so many of our clients are destination clients and dont have the opportunity to see these beauties first hand I thought i’d introduce you. Meet, our Cypress Album.
Inside this beautiful handmade presentation keepsake box is a handmade album covered in Japanese Raw silk and embellished with Swiss Ribbon, all colors and patterns of your choosing.
Photographs are inlaid in the pages in a traditional European style, and the pages feature handmade papers with deckled edges (my favorite!).
The style of this album is what we call Library Bound, meaning the pages bend over in a traditional way. beautiful thick handmade papers give this album its richness as well as durability.
You can see clearly here how the photograph is inlaid and matted into the page just like a curator mats photographs into a frame in a museum. its a beautiful contrast to the deckled edge and every product is archival, preserving and protecting the photograph.
We also have in our collection a Contemporary album featuring premium brown or black distressed leather, with your names embossed on the front housed in it’s own leather preservation box.
gold or silver marbling highlights the thick pages and damage resistant rounded corners.
Photographs are printed directly onto the page itself with Professional Kodak Endura paper. an additional lacquer coating is applied to each page for increased longevity for the photographs and your album.
Our contemporary album is bound lay-flat style, so that when opened all the pages lay flat for easier viewing.
the 1mm gutter seam in the binding of the book is the tightest gutter seam on the market. This is so important when printing panoramic images across both side of pages- the less obtrusive the seam is the more seamless the presentation.
Featuring full panoramic spreads, this album showcases giant images across both sides of the album page. it is by far, one of the most prized elements of this album.
And of course, we also offer our photobooth album! it is such a fun way to showcase all the images taken during the reception photobooth.
and some designs from the album, so fun and cute!
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totally absolutely gorgeous.
First of all, the location, Turner Hall Ballroom is a historic ballroom in downtown milwaukee that is in the process of being restored. the walls and ceiling of this venue are incredible with all the plaster peeling, the old fresco paintings faded, and evidence of fire damage from decades ago. When Amy posted these images to her facebook someone commented that it looked like her wedding was on the Titanic, and i couldnt agree more. it truly transported guests back in time.
Amy envisioned her wedding to have French undertones- without the cliche Eiffle tower stuff. it seemed to me to be a mix of Marie Antoinette, French provincial, and whimsical vintage all rolled into one. For cocktail hour, guests were invited into the balcony area of Turner hall to dine on a huge array of cheeses, honey, and berries. An accordian player serenaded everyone while they mingled and found their place cards.
In the main hall of the ballroom, the tablescapes were to die for. nile blue silk linens lined tables (with accent tables of plum) gathered up to reveal the tulle skirts underneath. Even the cake table had it’s own tulle skirt- and the cake… oh my! 5 tiers replicating parts of Amy’s Lazaro wedding dress. the table was accented by a photograph of Amy’s grandparents cutting their own wedding cake so many years ago. in honor of them, Amy found a vintage cake topper that is (quite literally) an exact replica of her grandparents. We’ll never know if it was really the same one, but her grandparents DID live in chicago, and Amy just happened to find it in a Chicago antique store.
Additionally, Amy wanted to honor her late grandparents by displaying her Grandmother’s wedding dress (amazing!) on a beautiful (!!) vintage dress form next to their wedding picture. Someday i’m going to have to borrow this dress form from Amy to do a photoshoot with so you all can see how seriously amazing it is. next to the dress was a large photograph of her grandparents on their wedding day.
As a side note: it really does make me feel so honored to capture people’s wedding day. when i see brides displaying their grandparents photographs at their wedding it astonishes me to realize that right then, at that exact moment, i’m creating photographs that their grandkids may very well display at their own weddings decades from now. their wedding day will live on in photographs. wow.
During dinner guests were serenaded by an electric violinist who flew in from L.A. and performed on a platform in front of a giant larger-than-life picture frame showcasing her performance. it was beyond incredible.
after dinner and the first dances, the white curtains on the stage were drawn back to reveal an entirely new magical area for guests to explore. it featured a lounge with vintage furniture and chandaliers that Amy had collected, a photobooth where guests could take photos and paste them into a keepsake book for the couple, and (hello! my favorite!) a creperia with chefs making custom chocolate crepes surrounded by tiny finger desserts. above the Creperia sat an oversized vintage clock, and it stirred thoughts of Cinderella at the ball. Amy said that she wanted to have crepes not only because it fit the wedding motif but because her grandparents used to make crepes all the time. Amy and her siblings called them ‘rolled up pancakes’. desserts were had, photos were taken, dances commenced and i wish it could have lasted all night long.
my favorite details were the tiny things that brides dont normally think of. Amy commissioned the calligrapher to make signs for both the men and women’s bathrooms, lighted drink menus above the bar so guests could clearly see even late into the evening, custom curtains to soften the light (yes, she is clearly in the photography/videography industry!), the delay of curtain opening until after dinner for more suspense and surprise, and the showcasing of the electric violinist in an oversized picture frame. In this venue, with its enormous size, Amy and her wedding planner David Caruso, knew that whatever decor they designed the room with would have to fit the scale. the giant custom curtains, large lounge area, larger-than-life picture frame and platform, and oversized clock made the space feel inviting yet otherworldly.
other favorite details were the silver glittered tablenumbers, LOVE sign, and merci sign. you can find them at Anthropolgie’s wedding store BHLDN . The mercury glass tea light holders were amazing! i love love love mercury glass and it’s old-world feel. the vintage french post cards displayed by the candleabras at the creperia were adorable, and so was the photobooth backdrop that amy custom made out of tulle, strings of pearls, and ribbon. crafty girl she is!
i mean… she did design all of her wedding invitations herself. could they be any more amazing? possibly? i hear a resounding ‘no’. im glad we’re all agreed.
And, if 5 posts on this wedding weren’t enough, dont worry. we wont just leave you like this. Dustin and I did super 8mm film of her whole day and cant wait to finish it and share it with you all! AND, if that wasn’t enough, the ridiculously talented (and fun, and adorable, and hillarious) Joe Switzer (and Garon and Mark!) from Switzerfilm are currently making a masterpiece film of Amy’s wedding. And i know i’ve talked forever (God bless you if you’re still reading!) but i have to give a shout out to these guys. They are truly the best in the industry- anywhere- and are some of the most awesome people to work with. it’s a long standing joke that photographers dont get along with videographers and vice versa, but these guys aren’t really videographers. they’re cinematographers. they’re ridiculous. you hire them to shoot a hollywood movie of your wedding, not a wedding video. i mean, one of their pieces of equipment looks like a skeleton replication of a brontosaurus and is called a Boom. as in, BA DA BOOM! or maybe it’s just called a Jib, which is less fun, but still kind of cool. intrigued? http://www.switzerfilm.com/ oh… and here we are, the switzer boys and my team of photographers (minus lindsay! and minus the Boom/Jib):
oh… you want another?
Amy is trying very hard to be a bridezilla here. unfortunately, she lacks the discipline and arrogance to be a true zilla. I feel honored that we were chosen amongst all the other amazing wedding photographers she undoubtedly knows on a personal level and respects to be the one to photograph her wedding. It’s always an honor to be selected as someone’s wedding photographer, but it is indeed amazing when a fellow wedding professional selects you. I looked forward to this wedding all year, and couldnt wait to work with my favorite people (switzer!) photographing such a close friend and colleague.
Amy, your day was beyond incredible- i knew it would be fabulous but had no idea the extent. David Caruso, everything i’ve heard about you doesnt even compare to the fabulousness you really were. Lindsay and Dustin- i could not have shot this wedding without you, thank you for running my crazy errands, getting amazing shots from different perspectives, and doing all the dirty work of second shooters. Switzer- i’m thinking we should just join forces. Frankzer films? switzerfrank productions? could it happen? i’ll have my girl call your girl and we’ll do lunch. in paris.